Emperor March: Live at the Blue Note

Emperor March: Live at the Blue Note

by Charles Tolliver
     
 

After recording a number of albums during the 1960s and '70s, trumpeter Charles Tolliver waited nearly two decades to record as a leader before he released his striking big-band date With Love in 2007. This 2009 release, recorded live at the Blue Note, is a potent follow-up, though with substantial changes in personnel. His exotic, dramatic "On the Nile" might…  See more details below

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After recording a number of albums during the 1960s and '70s, trumpeter Charles Tolliver waited nearly two decades to record as a leader before he released his striking big-band date With Love in 2007. This 2009 release, recorded live at the Blue Note, is a potent follow-up, though with substantial changes in personnel. His exotic, dramatic "On the Nile" might suggest the influence of McCoy Tyner's works of the '70s, though it was premiered in 1965 by Jackie McLean and previously recorded by its composer in a big-band setting a few years later. This updated version showcases tenorist Marcus Strickland, pianist Stanley Cowell, and the leader in a fiery performance. Tolliver's imaginative scoring of brass and reeds in his "Emperor March," makes it a hip tune that begins as a march but detours into several different avenues, featuring potent solos by alto saxophonist Todd Bashore, the promising young trombonist Michael Dease, and pianist Anthony Wonsey. Tolliver takes over the solo spotlight in "Chedlike," a perky tribute from the '80s to his then-young son, though this is surprisingly its premiere recording. Billy Harper shines on tenor in Tolliver's passionate setting of Billy Eckstine's ballad "I Want to Talk About You," a piece forever associated with John Coltrane's famous live recording, which Harper can't possibly avoid alluding to in part. Beautifully recorded and mixed with an attentive audience, this is an essential release for modern big-band aficionados.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
Label:
Halfnote Records
UPC:
0616892453925
catalogNumber:
4539

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Tolliver   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Conductor,Soloist
Stanley Cowell   Piano,Soloist
Billy Harper   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Bill Saxton   Clarinet,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Gene Jackson   Drums
Reggie Workman   Bass
David Weiss   Trumpet
Bruce Williams   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Ernest Stewart   Trombone
Anthony Wonsey   Piano,Soloist
Aaron Johnson   Bass Trombone
Jason Jackson   Trombone,Soloist
Marcus Strickland   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Stafford Hunter   Trombone
Michael Williams   Trumpet
Keyon Harrold   Trumpet,Soloist
Todd Bashore   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Michael Dease   Trombone
Aaron J. Johnson   Bass Trombone
Ernest Stewart   Trombone
Cameron Johnson   Trumpet
Jason Marshall   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Billy Eckstine   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Liner Notes
Steven Remote   Engineer
Charles Tolliver   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration,Audio Production
Jeff Levenson   Producer,Audio Production
Steven Bensusan   Executive Producer
Molly Gobel   Art Direction

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